How to Keep your Doctorate on Track
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How to Keep your Doctorate on Track

Insights from Students’ and Supervisors’ Experiences

Edited by Keith Townsend, Mark N.K. Saunders, Rebecca Loudoun and Emily A. Morrison

The path of a doctoral student can feel challenging and isolating. This guide provides doctoral students with key ideas and support to kick-start a doctoral journey, inspire progress and complete their thesis or dissertation. Featuring observations from experienced supervisors, as well as the reflections of current and recent postgraduate researchers, this intimate and entertaining book offers vital insights into the critical moments in any doctoral experience.
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Chapter 53: A tale of three dissertations: experiences of transforming mentored research into an article

Jamie Callahan


Nobel Laureate Sir Fraser Stoddart has suggested that the most important way a scholar demonstrates impact is through their legacy of mentoring emerging scholars. Publishing with students, especially those who are completing a dissertation or thesis, is an important act of mentorship. The chapter discusses three types of experiences in publishing articles from a student’s doctoral dissertation. The first approach is the path of least resistance for the student—doing nothing, but simply vanishing after the dissertation without taking any further steps. The second is for the student to go it alone in the process of distilling an article from the dissertation. A third option is to continue the mentoring relationship and co-author a journal article from the student’s dissertation. Next, the chapter addresses the consideration of self-plagiarism, before concluding with a list of important tips to remember when working on transforming your dissertation into a journal article.

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